It Matters That Liberal Professors Outnumber Conservative Faculty 5 to 1

Benjamin Franklin The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I believe that he was referring to the fact that there will always be people who want power and the the ability to control other people. The framers of our constitution were smart enough to know that. They built a system of checks and balances to make it very hard to destroy the system of government they created. After all, it was the first time in history that man ruled himself rather than kings, queens, emperors, sultans, etc. Other than conquest, there really is only one way to destroy our constitution: control the educational system.

For the first hundred and fifty years of our country's history, our citizens knew what our constitution said. They understood the amendments to the constitution. They understood what made this county so much better than what had ever existed before. They made sure that governmental studies were taught in the schools so their children would know how lucky they were to live in the United States. The people who immigrated here came legally and studied hard to learn our language and the ways of our constitution, so they could proudly call themselves Americans.

Then during the early 1900s, the Progressive movement started in England and spread to this country. While entire books could be written on this subject (and have been), in essence the followers of this philosophy believe in the distribution of wealth which is controlled by an elite few (who know better than the lowly masses). This is exact opposite of what made this country great, so they had their work cut for them. They had to convince the majority of people that our limited-government constitution was a bad thing and that government control in every aspect of our lives was a good thing - that dependency on the government was necessary.

And so slowly for the last hundred years our education system has been molded to achieve this result. Decade by decade, the study of our country's founders and the document they wrote has been eliminated from our schools. Decade by decade, the textbooks have been changed to remove that part of our history. In fact, if you compared history textbooks from 1950 to those being taught to our children today - you would not believe what is being taught. Six generations later, they have almost achieved their objectives. Most of our children could not answer the basic questions about how our country was founded and why. There are whole generations dependent on the government dole.

You need look no further than our universities and colleges to see proof of this trend. Professors in higher education have become notably more liberal during the past 25 years, according to a recent study, and academics predict that the trend isn’t likely to slow any time soon. During the past quarter-century, there has been nearly a 20-percent jump in the number of professors who identify as liberal/progressive. That increase has created a lopsided ideological spread in higher education, with liberal/progressive professors now outpacing their conservative counterparts by a ratio of roughly 5 to 1.

In 2014, 60 percent of professors identified as “liberal” or “far left,” according to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, as reported by The Washington Post’s “Wonkblog.” In a 1990 survey data, only 42 percent said the same. So while educators have shifted dramatically to the left, professors on the right have dropped off. The number of professors who identified as “conservative” and “far right” during the same time span fell by nearly 6 percent, while the number of “moderate” academics dropped by 13 percentage points.

In 2014, college professors were roughly 30 percentage points more likely to identify as liberal than were college freshmen. Compare that to the 1990 findings, when professors were 16 percentage points more likely to label themselves as liberal than were their freshmen students. This raises critical questions of whether students are getting a balanced education—not because there’s some conspiracy to block out conservative ideas, but merely because the people who are teaching are either not familiar with or don’t embrace conservative ideas such as limited-government and gun rights.

It is only natural that when faculty attempt to present an issue in a balanced and impartial manner, personal biases naturally bleed into material. According to 2009 data from the Higher Education Research Institute, the number of students who said their political views were “liberal” or “far left” jumped 9.2 percentage points from freshman to senior year. And remember, some of these liberal students will become our K-12 teachers.

Those who came to power during the last fifty year have also done their part to try and solidify this trend. The first shot fired was the creation of The Department of Education to "equalize the quality of education" across the country. I believe that it has actually dumbed-down the education across the country. And then there is the latest attempt to control the education system with the national Common Core standards which were developed by those same liberal academics.

But people are beginning to look around, see what has been happening and trying to restore what has been lost. Students at Heritage College are required to take constitutional studies to graduate. Home schooling is doubling every year. Parents are fighting back against Common Cause. Rush Revere books are again teaching children our true history. But, it will take more generations to reverse the damage that has been done.

I think Abraham Lincoln said it best; “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”


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